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On Neoliberalism

First things first: I absolutely loathe the term ‘neoliberal’ and its derivatives. For one thing, neoliberals are much more akin to classical liberals than traditional leftists, and there’s an obvious dissonance between ‘classical’ and ‘neo’. In some sense, ‘neo’ makes it sound like something of an upstart, usurper ideology rather than a throwback to an…

Labour and the American Middle Class

I’ve been pondering Erik’s post on the difference between pity-charity liberalism and bottom-up liberalism, and I think he’s hit upon a key distinction between traditional liberals and liberaltarianism, and it’s a difference that will need to be resolved if the liberaltarian project is to succeed. The distinction is how to support average incomes: by letting…

On Bottom-Up Liberalism & Pity-Charity Liberalism

I’ve been thinking about bottom-up liberalism and pity-charity liberalism a lot lately, and the whole mess of ideas that swirl around between the two. Essentially, Mike Konczal thinks that growth plus safety nets is insufficient. Without a government fighting for full employment and increased worker bargaining rights, you get “pity-charity liberal capitalism”. Thus, the next…